Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 90,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.51 (11/27/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 S H10C MS obverse 1864 S H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This has always been a rare issue, one that was unknown in Mint State until a small hoard (Walter Breen said 14 pieces) was dispersed during the early 1970s. A few of these were impaired and may not qualify as MS today.

All San Francisco Mint half dimes were subject to being fashioned into items of jewelry such as cuff links and stick pins. Indeed, it appears that the increase in their mintage after 1864 may have been prompted by this market, as there existed little need for them as a medium of exchange in the West. Examples that qualify for numeric certified grading are quite rare.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1864 S H10C MS
Base $ 44.00 55.00 105 210 365 540 675 800 925 1100 1275 1850 2350 4600 7500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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1/23/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 21018 $575.00
3/27/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 323 $3,392.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1279 $3,220.00
7/10/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3098, 3098/Lot# 1380 $1,380.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113089 $489.50
10/27/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131345/Lot# 22956 $705.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5548 $188.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5549 $205.63
10/18/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27302 $152.75

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